ABOUT MED 2017
MED 2017 is the 3rd edition of the annual high–level initiative, co–organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). This event is intended to turn Rome into a global hub for high–level dialogues on the broader Mediterranean, with a view to re–thinking traditional approaches and drafting a new "positive agenda".
The event is by invitation only
FIRST DAY SPEECHES
The welcoming remarks and keynote speeches of RomeMED 2017 outlined the main topics and challenges of this third edition of the event. The official partners and organizers welcomed the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and the President of the Lebanese Republic, Michel Aoun. Speakers highlighted how RomeMED is turning Rome into a hub for the global Mediterranean by bringing together a network of leaders who address common issues, challenges and opportunities in order to draft a positive agenda for the region.
BEYOND THE CRISES: TOWARDS A NEW REGIONAL BALANCE?
The session focused on rethinking the security framework for the MENA region. Panelists discussed the importance to find a common ground to de escalate violence, manage tensions and promote dialogue. The plenary session focused on how to strengthen regional cooperation mechanisms for crisis prevention and state building, in order to provide shared responses to challenges and common threats such as terrorism.
A VIEW FROM IRAN
The meeting hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, who engaged in a debate on the Iranian foreign policy.
A VIEW FROM LIBYA
Ahmed Omar Maiteeg, Vice President of the Libyan Presidential Council of Libya, discussed the main challenges and opportunities for his country in the framework of the ongoing peace process.
A VIEW FROM CHINA
Ying Fu, Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress, discussed China’s view on the Mediterranean and its regional impact.